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Religious Diversity in Late Antiquity by David Gwynn et al.draws together recent research by archaeologists and historians to shed new light on the religious world of Late Antiquity. A detailed bibliographic essay provides an overview of relevant literature, while individual articles explore the diversity of late antique religion.
World of Late Antiquity : AD 150-750 by Peter Brown; Geoffrey Barracloughshows that the period was one of outstanding new beginnings and defines the far-reaching impact both of Christianity on Europe and of Islam on the Near East. Answers how the homogeneous Mediterranean world of c. 200 A.D. became divided into the three mutually estranged societies of the Middle Ages: Catholic Western Europe, Byzantium, and Islam.
The Making of Late Antiquity by Peter BrownPeter Brown presents a masterly history of Roman society in the second, third, and fourth centuries. Brown interprets the changes in social patterns and religious thought, breaking away from conventional modern images of the period. Online available.
Late Ancient Christianity by Virginia Burrusfocus on the everyday realities of Christians' lives in the era of Christian ascendancy and Roman decline. Popular fiction, child rearing and toys, rituals of inclusion, the beginning of veneration of saints and shunning of heretics, the ascetic impulse, food practices.
Ostia in Late Antiquity by Douglas Bointackles the dynamics of this transformative time. Drawing on new archaeological research, and incorporating both material and textual sources, it presents a social history of the town from the third through the ninth century.
Hispania in Late Antiquity by Kimberly Diane Bowesmakes recent work on late antique Hispania available to a non-specialist audience outside the Iberian peninsula. The central theme is the integration of Hispania into the larger world of the later Roman empire. Topics covered include Christianization, urbanism, villas and land tenure, trade, and military topography. Online available.
Christianizing Egypt by David Frankfurterenvisioning the process of Christianization by looking at the construction of Christianity in the various social and creative worlds active in Egyptian culture during late antiquity. addresses the domestic sphere, holy men and saints' shrines, craftsmen and artisans, monastic scribes, and the landscape, through processions, architecture, etc. Online available.
Late Antiquity Sources
Readings in Late Antiquity by Michael Maasdraws from Greek, Latin, Syriac, Hebrew, Coptic, Persian, Arabic and Armenian sources. The Roman empire is kept at the centre of discussion, with chapters devoted to government, society, army, law, medicine, philosophy, Christianity, polytheism and Jews.